Child on payroll

The non-custodial parent is adding minor children to his payroll as employees. How does this impact custodial parent? Can custodial the parent still claim as a dependant? Will children need to file taxes?

There is likely no impact to the custodial parent for child support purposes. The noncustodial parent’s child support obligations to the custodial parent will remain intact.

The custodial parent may still be able to claim a minor child that has payroll income as long as the payroll income isn’t more than a certain amount of the minor child’s total support. The minor child may need to file his/her own tax return depending on the amount of income for the year. However, you should consult with a tax professional about these questions.


Anna Ayscue

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